Fancy a shiny new smartphone at half the cost? We’re going to let you into a big secret as we uncover why going for last year’s flagship phones instead of this year’s latest release could save you those precious pounds. And, we are not just taking about measly pennies either, we are taking about at fat wad of notes!

There are of course two big brands, Apple and Samsung, who have the most expensive and popular flagship smartphones on the market. So let’s take a look at the savings on offer if you choose last year’s flagship instead.

Apple iPhone 6 vs Apple iPhone 4s

apple iphone 6 vs iphone 4s

If you’re eager to get your hands on one of the best Apple iPhones around, but are worried about the damage it might do to your bank balance, opting for a slightly older model could pay dividends.

With the new iPhone 6 starting from around £30 per month, major savings could be had if you go for the Apple iPhone 4s at less than half of that price!

**What’s the catch? **This sacrifice here largely comes down to size as the iPhone 4s has a 3.5 inch display compared to 4.7 inch display on the iPhone 6, but if you are looking for a mini sized smartphone then this can seriously take the strain off your piggy bank.

Both flagship phones have dual core processors and an 8 megapixel camera, iMessage and Siri. Plus, when you realise that you can update the operating system on the iPhone 4s to iOS 8, which is the same as that used on the iPhone 6, it’s a no brainer!

**Payday: **Choosing the iPhone 4s could save you a massive £600 over the 24 month contract. That would be enough money to buy the Apple iPad Air 2 from e2save and you would still have £200 in your pocket.

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Apple iPhone 6 vs Apple iPhone 5c

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5c

If you’re wanting an iPhone that’s slightly newer than the iPhone 4s, then don’t despair- there are savings to be had here too. With the Apple iPhone 5c price tag starting from less than £20 a month, the iPhone 5c could save you a pretty penny- and brighten up your life too!

**The sacrifice: **This once again comes down to size, with the iPhone 5c sporting a 4 inch display just bigger than the iPhone 4s. However, you still get a dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera and an OS that can be updated to the same version running on the iPhone 6 (iOS 8) if you pick up the iPhone 5c.

Payday: There is another big saving on offer by buying the iPhone 5c which equates to over £400 over the 24 month contract. Once again this would be enough cash to buy an Apple iPad Air 2 and still have a healthy collection in your bank account.

Ready to start making savings? Check out our iPhone 5c contracts.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4

It’s not just on iPhones that you can save some of your hard earned cash: Samsung is at it too!

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 for just over £25 (which in itself is a bargain next to Apple’s iPhone 6)! However, compare it to last year’s flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and there’s a bargain to be had, with deals starting at less than £20!

**The sacrifice: **The Galaxy S4 is one of the best deals going because the sacrifice is so small. Samsung has recently released the Android Lollipop upgrade, so at no cost you will be using the very latest operating system on both the S5 and the S4. The 5 inch display of the S4 is only 0.1 inches smaller than its flagship big brother, and with both models boasting quad core processors, the only sacrifice is a slightly smaller 13 megapixel camera instead of a 16 megapixel lens.

Why not hold off for just a little bit longer and get the Galaxy S5 for cheap too? The Samsung Galaxy S6 is on it’s way, meaning that the Galaxy S5 may drop in price.

**Payday: **There are healthy savings here, which equate to more than £200 saved over the 24 month contract. That is enough to buy yourself the Acer Iconia B1 7-inch tablet twice over!

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Save money with your next smartphone!

It is always easier to save money than it is to earn it in the first place and with up to £600 of savings highlighted here, you have every opportunity to take the strain off your finances!

So what’s stopping you? Start browsing through our hundreds of smartphone contracts and save yourself a pretty penny today! Alternatively, take a look at the best budget smartphones from HTC instead!